Quintessentially’s guide to shopping in the city of love.
This is Part 2 of Quintessentially’s guide to shopping in Paris where we cover the more high-end shops and let you in on where the gents go to pick up their gear. From vintage boutiques to psychedelic concept stores, global concierge expert Quintessentially recommends some of the must-visit spots in this fashion-forward city.
A little bit Posh…
Maria Luisa, named and founded by the iconic designer herself in 1988, has moved from its Rue Cambon store to a gleaming black and white establishment at Paris’ Printemps. Within its luxurious Haussmann flagship, Maria Luisa houses collections from some of the world’s most cutting-edge fashion designers, ranging from milliner Justin Smith, shoe-man Pierre Hardy, to India’s Manish Arora and even Spice Girls’ Victoria Beckham!
64 Boulevard Haussmann / étage 2, 75009 Paris – +33 1 42 82 41 07
After more than 12 years in operation, the eye-popping three-storey Parisian department store Colette is still the go-to Mecca for anything fashion, food or art related. Colette’s legendary “water bar” in the basement features 100 over mineral waters from around the globe as well as couture displayed with minimalist fuss from eminent designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Phillipe Starck – a definite must-visit!
213 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris – +33 1 55 35 33 90
Elie Saab is the mastermind behind this line of haute couture and has become synonymous with luxury and modernism. She has unleashed this season’s exotic wrath of deep crimson and metallic grey pieces, which were glamorously showcased at Paris Fashion Week and are available at her boutique. If you’re looking for a look that’s both celebrity-chic and glamorous enough for the red carpet, Elie Saab definitely fits the bill.
1 Rond-Point des Champ Elysées, 75008 Paris – +33 1 42 56 77 71
For the Gents
Agnés B Homme, located along Rue du Jour, has been synonymous with trendsetting French fashion since the 1970s. The menswear, designed by the innovative curator, has a modern/urban sensibility. This rustic, loft-like space acts as a meeting point for all male aficionados who are not terrified of the “S” word – shopping.
3 Rue du Jour, 1 er, 75001 Paris – +33 1 42 33 04 13
With roots in different cultures, Boris Bidjan Saberi is on the hunt for fashion perfection and possesses an almost exhausting attention to detail. The young, avant-garde menswear designer creates garments with an amazing structural component that draws on influences ranging from his Persian background to urban street culture. This is definitely a favourite destination for style-conscious, modern and nomadic men.
8 Bis Rue de Braque, 75003 Paris – +33 1 42 78 50 20
When it comes to food, gourmands will be spoiled for choice at Hédiard. This 1854 sanctuary of haute gastronomie possesses the façade of an early-1900s spice emporium and boasts a wide selection of fine coffees, teas, wines and exotic spices. If you’re in search of spices and sauces to give your cooking some extra zest or great gift ideas that ooze old school French charm, this is the perfect place to be!
21 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris – +33 1 43 12 88 88
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